MRS has published an update to its guidelines for returning to work including for face-to-face activity. The guidelines build on the government’s safe working guidance and set out the measures research practitioners need to take to ensure the safety of their own staff, and those members of the public with whom face-to-face interaction is essential.

The document, first issued on 14th May, has been updated to include:

  • Clarification on how to undertake research with participants defined as clinically vulnerable
  • The changes to social distancing requirements
  • Addition of requirements for participants and research practitioners with protected characteristics
  • Implications of contract tracing applications
  • Consideration of mixed mode in certain environments where long interviews and/or sensitive topics might be challenging
  • Addition of links to the mystery shopping and facilities guidance

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